Boots & Brews

September 9 
Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, Shelbyville 

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino is set to host the fourth annual Boots & Brews in recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The free, family-friendly event will take place alongside the evening racing program on Saturday, September 9. The country-themed festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. on the race course apron and will feature appearances by rodeo star Wesley Grubbs and “Reason to Dance” childhood cancer survivor Cierra McCauley.

The evening will include a live broadcast with HANK FM 97.1 radio personality Casey Vallier, rodeo ropers, a mechanical bull, craft beers, face painting, country karaoke, strolling entertainment, and more. The event will include a “Fan Education Night” courtesy of the Indiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA). Drawings over the course of the evening will include 24 Barnes & Noble gift cards and five electronic notepads.

Guests can meet local rodeo star Wesley Grubbs for photos and autographs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Grubbs, a 2015 Southern Extreme Bull Riders Association (SEBRA) Saddle Bronc Rider National Finalist, is a graduate from Triton Central High School in Fairland, Ind. and was a standout on the high school circuit. Additionally, he was named Southern Indiana Junior Rodeo Rookie of the Year in 2009, Reserve Grand Champion Bull Rider in 2010 and 2012, and was named Saddle Bronc Champion his senior year.

Also appearing at Boots & Brews will be national dance competitor and cancer survivor Cierra McCauley. Guests will have an opportunity to get a line-dancing lesson from McCauley with a donation to her “Reason to Dance” cause. Donations will benefit Riley Hospital For Children in recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Indiana Grand Racing & Casino will make a contribution of $500.

“We’re excited to host Boots & Brews for the fourth consecutive year at Indiana Grand,” said Elena Lisle, Indiana Grand’s director of marketing. “Not only is this event a great time for the whole family, it helps support a meaningful cause in recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.”

McCauley, whose passion is dance, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2012 and is now cancer free. She and her family are passionate about raising funds and spreading awareness about childhood cancer. Her parents, who raise Thoroughbred horses, worked with the jockey colony from Indiana Grand to arrange a Riley Hospital visit and a donation to Riley through IU Dance Marathon in honor of McCauley.

Inspired by McCauley’s story, the Jockey’s Guild asked jockeys across the nation to wear gold childhood cancer awareness ribbons on their boots and pants during the month of September in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness month.

Admission and parking are always free at Indiana Grand, and guests of all ages are invited to attend Boots & Brews at the race course. Indiana Grand’s racing season continues through Friday, Oct. 27. Racing is conducted Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 2:05 p.m. DST and Saturdays at 6:05 p.m. DST. An additional racing date will be held on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 2:05 p.m. DST. For a complete lineup of Indiana Grand racing promotions and events, visit

About Indiana Grand Racing & Casino: Indiana Grand Racing & Casino holds multiple awards for customer service, entertainment, gaming and dining. Located in Shelbyville, Ind., Indiana Grand features 2,200 of the latest slots and electronic table games in addition to a one-mile dirt race course and a seven-eighths mile turf course offering live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing each year. Simulcast wagering is also offered year-round at Winner’s Circle Brewpub & OTB located on the casino floor as well as a Winner’s Circle OTB located in Clarksville, Ind. Sh